Leaders struggle with being authentic with their teams.
They’re told to be vulnerable and yet that can backfire.
When a leader is afraid over some aspect of the company and shares that, it can lead to anxiety in employees.
So what to do?
It’s a bit in the way you frame it.
Doug Hensch, author and leadership resilience coach, says that optimism can play a positive role in leading people through challenging times.
But what he recommends is “realistic optimism.”
Realistic optimism builds trust. You’re telling people the truth in a frame of optimism but without any sugar coating.
For example, you might say something like, “Hey, there are more tough times ahead. I don’t have all the answers, AND I know that, working together, we will make the best of this.”
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